Aylesbury: Southwark finally granted leave to appeal CPO decision.

Council succeeds at second attempt

As has been widely reported, Southwark Council finally got permission to make its case against the Secretary of State, for his refusal to grant compulsory purchase powers over Aylesbury estate leaseholders. It was Southwark’s second attempt, after first being flatly refused just before Christmas. There can now be a full court hearing, involving all parties, including the leaseholders, probably some time in April.

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Southwark's lost section 106 social housing

Ombudsman finds Council doesn't know how much social housing it's getting from developers

The Local Government Ombudsman has issued the damning judgement that Southwark Council has no procedure to ensure that social rented housing approved by the Council’s planning committee is actually being delivered. The Ombudsman further found that without a monitoring procedure ‘it is hard to know ..how many social housing units…developers [have] delivered’. Or indeed, how many remain social housing units.’

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Heygate profit - north of the facts

Council leader Peter John claims Heygate deal will provide Council with 'north of £100m profit'

Council leader Peter John has claimed that Southwark Council will be getting “north of £100m” from the Heygate estate’s redevelopment as ‘Elephant Park’. He made the claim while being grilled by Steve Cananne of Australian national broadcaster ABC, in a report broadcast on Australian prime time television.

In the full 20min interview with Cllr John posted online, Cllr John defends the shotgun deal he signed with Australian developer Lendlease just weeks after being elected in 2010.

During the interview, Cllr John makes a number of unsubstantiated or inaccurate claims which will be familiar to those who have followed the Heygate saga.

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